Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin plans to visit the Iowa State Fair on Friday, landing right in the midst of the media frenzy surrounding the presidential candidates who’re competing in the Iowa GOP’s Straw Poll.
Peter Singleton moved to Iowa eight-and-a-half months ago on his own and has been traveling the state, organizing for a potential Palin presidential campaign. He plans to be at the Fair Friday to greet Palin.
“It’s just great to have her here,” he says.
Singleton says he’s visited about 65 of the 99 Republican organizations at the county level in Iowa and he believes Palin will run an “aggressive, grassroots campaign in Iowa” if she decides to run for the White House. According to Singleton, Palin’s deepest reservoir of potential support is in the rural parts of the state.
Palin sent an email to supporters Wednesday, saying she planned to resume her “One Nation Tour” in the “heartland” — and at the Iowa State Fair specifically. Palin wrote that she is excited to try “some of that famous fried butter-on-a-stick” and other State Fair foods, taking a poke at folks who she says would “rather make us just ‘eat our peas’!”
Earlier this summer Palin’s tour of historic sites on the east coast took her into New Hampshire on the same day Mitt Romney formally launched his 2012 presidential campaign with a speech in New Hampshire.